Average Bench: 64.9% (172nd of 1015)

more Based on 6,966 user benchmarks.  Models: WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20 PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6EY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZY0, WD20PURX-68P8ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-89P6ZYO, WDC WD20 PURX-64GVNY0, WD20PURX-64P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64E5EY0, WDC WD20 PURX-64P6ZY0, WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64D85Y0, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNYO, WDC WD20PURX-64GVNY0, WDC WD20PURX-64P6ZYO, WDC WD20PURX-64P, WDC WD20PURX-70P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P6ZY0, WDC WD20PURX-64PFUY0, WDC WD20PURX-78P, WDC WD20PURX-89P

The WD Purple is a surveillance drive with low power consumption and a design that's optimized for 24x7 operation. There is actually little beyond marketing that separates the Purple from the Red and Green drives. They all share almost identical hardware. The thing that does differentiate the Purple drives is their firmware which supports AllFrame, a surveillance specific feature. Allframe handles the cache in a way that is optimized for video streams. The AllFrame technology however is only enabled when used in conjunction with a supported host controller, most of which are only found in dedicated NVR (Network Video Recording) devices. As a result there is no benefit in using this drive in a HTPC to record video streams, because the surveillance specific functions won't be enabled. In terms of effective speed the Purple lags the new Red and Green drives by around 26%. [Oct '14 HDrivePro]

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Above average average bench

The WD Purple 2TB (2014) averaged 35.0% lower than the peak scores attained by the group leaders. This isn't a great result which indicates that there are much faster alternatives on the comparison list.

Strengths

Avg. 4K Random Mixed IO Speed 0.88MB/s
Avg. 4K Random Write Speed 2.17MB/s

Average consistency

The range of scores (95th - 5th percentile) for the WD Purple 2TB (2014) is 41.1%. This is a relatively wide range which indicates that the WD Purple 2TB (2014) performs inconsistently under varying real world conditions.

Weaknesses

Avg. Sequential Mixed IO Speed 60.5MB/s
Avg. Sustained Write Speed 110MB/s
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Average Bench

(Based on 6,966 samples)
Min Avg Max
71.8 Read 116 152
67 Write 112 146
30.6 Mixed 60.5 77.5
60.8 SusWrite 110 148
73% 99.6 MB/s
Min Avg Max
0.5 4K Read 0.73 0.9
0.7 4K Write 2.17 2.7
0.5 4K Mixed 0.88 1
169% 1.26 MB/s
User Benchmarks Bench Sequential Random 4k Deep queue 4k
The fastest HDD (mainstream) averages a speed of 100%
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 144 146 145 147 146 146 MB/s
Read 154
Write 131
Mixed 73.5
SusWrite 146
92% 126 MB/s
4K Read 0.7
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
187% 1.4 MB/s
1TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 152 151 151 155 155 154 MB/s
Read 144
Write 155
Mixed 74.5
SusWrite 153
96% 132 MB/s
4K Read 0.9
4K Write 2.5
4K Mixed 1
195% 1.47 MB/s
2TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 139 139 140 140 141 140 MB/s
Read 140
Write 120
Mixed 65.2
SusWrite 140
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 2.6
4K Mixed 1
193% 1.47 MB/s
1.5TB free
Firmware: 80.00A80
SusWrite @10s intervals: 136 137 136 134 138 137 MB/s
Read 140
Write 132
Mixed 56.3
SusWrite 136
85% 116 MB/s
4K Read 0.8
4K Write 1.6
4K Mixed 0.9
163% 1.1 MB/s
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The number of benchmark samples for this model as a percentage of all 19,870,593 HDDs tested.

 Prices

Approx. $93 @ launch in Jul '14
AmazonUS $686 mins
EbayUS $7016 mins
BHPhotoUS $802 years
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Typical Purple 2TB (2014) Builds (Compare 30,728 builds) See popular component choices, score breakdowns and rankings.
Gaming
Gaming 74%
Battleship
Desktop
Desktop 80%
Battleship
Workstation
Workstation 56%
Gunboat

Motherboard: Asus Z170 PRO GAMING - $228

EDIT WITH CUSTOM PC BUILDER Value: 59% - Above average Total price: $1,047

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